This is probably one of the best advices. The big problem is that people are coming here after they messed with their Metamask installations and not before.
I have helped people recover their Assets but what still puzzles me the most is how little they invest in securing their funds. Some store hundreds of thousands on their Laptops and share them with people, share their computers via Anydesk and so on…
Please, learn about Crypto first. Do not FOMO into new tokens and projects without first digging into the Ecosystem of Crypto and learning all the basics.
Crypto is an advanced feature that requires a lot of care because you are becoming your own bank. All the amazing rewards come at a price: learning about the new tech and protecting unwanted access to your funds.
You can still recover your address without the Seed Phrase if you still have the original files and did not mess too much with the files, specially if you have the habit to backup your files every now and then… but having the seed phrase is the best way to always have control over your assets wherever you go. Try to memorize it also. and use long and strong passwords when using Metamask.
Anyone with access to your computer can download the logs where your Vault Data is stored and brute force their way into it if you use a password of less than 9 characters.
I insist: learn, learn about crypto first, then enjoy the benefits of moving to the crypto space.